Our Favorite Charitable Organizations
Here at the PDFfiller office, there’s been a lot of talk about this year’s most popular tax forms, including many of the ones often used by charities and nonprofit organizations. Across the country all year round, charities, agricultural groups, labor organizations, veterans associations, etc. receive funds from generous taxpayers to keep operations running.
The 990EZ form (which you or your non profit can fill-out right here) is used by tax-exempt organizations (like 501(c)3 non profits) to provide the IRS with their annual income information. Tax-exempt organizations with gross receipts less than $1,000,000 and total assets less than $2,500,000 at the end of the year can use this form to report the required statistics to the IRS.
People from every walk of life, especially during the holiday season, are inspired to donate money, food, or volunteer their time to help their favorite charities, and we are no exception. So, in the name of philanthropy, here’s a warm and fuzzy roundup of the organizations we really love.
Hazel, SEO Specialist
Her pick: Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer
Why she loves BB4BC:
“I interned for Boston Bakes for 3 months last year and I love their dessert-centric philosophy. They sell desserts to raise money for breast cancer research and work with some of the best chefs and culinary artists in the country. It’s the sweetest charity in Boston!”
His pick: National Public Radio
Why he backs NPR:
“I listen to their broadcasts all the time, and I donate to NPR’s fundraisers every year. I love that they’re passionate about reporting honest news, both international and local, and insist on starting thoughtful conversation within the community.”
Aksana, Office Manager
Her pick: The Children’s Defense Fund
Why she supports the CDF:
“I passionately believe that every kid deserves the chance to start life off on the right foot, free to learn and play in a healthy place. The Children’s Defense Fund stole my heart; they champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.”
His Pick: The ASPCA
Why he’s excited about the ASPCA:
“I’m a total animal lover. This society prevents cruelty to animals, and there’s branches located in nearly every community nationwide, making it really easy for anyone to get involved. Who can resist those fuzzy faces?”
Neha, Online Marketing Associate
Her pick: Child Rights and You
Why she loves CRY:
“This group does amazing work helping to protect the rights of children in India, like the children’s right to healthcare, safety, and good food. CRY works to raise awareness within the local and world community,helping to give India’s kids an environment where they can grow up educated, happy, and healthy.”
Michael, SEO Specialist
His Pick: The V Foundation for Cancer Research
Why he loves The V Foundation:
“I’m a huge sports fan and I found Jimmy V’s speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards really inspiring. After being diagnosed with cancer at 46, the former coach dreamed of finding cures for cancer. This organization donates 100% of its direct donations to cancer research in Jimmy’s memory.”
Irini, Online Marketing Associate
Her pick: The Alliance for Lupus Research
Why she’s on board with ALR:
“Lupus is an illness that occurs when the body tissues are attacked by its own immune system. Over 3 million americans have Lupus, including one of my loved ones, and I’ll be so happy when they discover an effective treatment for the disease that doesn’t have nasty side effects. ALR financially supports the most promising medical research projects in hopes that they’ll find a cure.”
Jane, Head of Operations
Her pick: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Why she loves ALSF:
“I love the fact that this amazing foundation was started by the cutest little 4-year-old girl, Alexandra “Alex” Scott. Even though Alex passed away at age 8, the organization is still actively aiming to eradicate childhood cancer. On top of funding cutting-edge research for better treatments and cures, I like that they also fund nursing grants to improve the quality of life and care of children with cancer.”
Courtney, Online Marketing Associate
Her pick: Eye to Eye
Why she supports E2E:
“Eye to Eye is a national organization that organizes art room mentoring programs for kids with learning disabilities and ADHD. Everyone involved from the corporate level, to mentors, to mentees has a learning disability, which helps the mentees build confidence in school. I am proud to be involved with E2E as a mentor, and I see how valuable it is for the kids to get them talking about their future goals in a fun, creative way.”
Krysta, Online Marketing Associate
Her pick: You Matter To Me
Why she’s all about UMTR2ME:
“I first heard about this cause on Facebook, and their mission immediately struck a chord with me. UMTR2ME is focused on providing quality support, hope, education and resources for people who are struggling with mental illness, depression, or thoughts of suicide. It’s so easy to let someone know they’re not alone, and this organization reminds us to keep reaching out, because you never know who’s life you might save.”
Other organizations we love:
- Greater Boston Food Bank 1 in 6 people in America face hunger every day. This is the link for Boston’s food bank, but nearly every town in the U.S. has one, and they need your help.
- Homecoming for Veterans offers treatment, at no cost, for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) through a network of clinicians across the country.
- Global Fund for Women This group works to advance the rights of women and girls worldwide by increasing the resources for and investing in women-led organizations and women’s collective leadership for change.
- Reading is Fundamental Nearly two-thirds of low-income families in the U.S. own no books. RIF is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in America; volunteers distribute books, stage reading motivation activities, and promote the importance of literacy in their communities.
- Farm Aid Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. They are a nonprofit that promotes a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture in America.
Now that you’ve read all about our favorite charitable organizations, it’s your turn. Share your favorites with us. What causes are important to you?